Kristin Moriarty/Staff Writer, Houston Home Journal, Sat, Apr 14, 2018

As part of the 2018 initiative the Georgia Chapter of the National Defense Industry Association, NDIA Georgia, is bringing meetings to local communities that support the seven major bases in Georgia. The objective stated by the association is to provide opportunities for each local community to build stronger relationships between business, military and the local community for those that serve the military and work together.

On Wednesday morning at the Museum of Aviation was the first meeting of the NDIA Georgia 2018 initiative. The meeting was a “meet and greet” featuring guest speaker Doctor Angela T. Dial, Director of Robins Air Force Base Small Business Program for the Commander. Dial discussed a step-by-step process of how to gain business on the base, the management of contracts for those businesses that are already on base and additionally discussed the establishment of the Middle Georgia Committee to NDIA­GA to ensure middle Georgia and all Georgia Defense Industry businesses have a voice on the national stage.

Brian Smith, president of NDIA Georgia said even though they are a statewide organization they had previously only been working in the Atlanta area.

“It was brought to our attention during one of our chapter meetings that we needed to expand our area,” Smith said. “Dan Rhoades, one of the board members brought to our attention to collaborate with the entire middle Georgia region from Columbus to Augusta and bridge those gaps. So we are excited and throughout the rest of the year we are going to have a blitz of meetings throughout the state and will have more here in Warner Robins.”

Georgia NDIA supports the NDIA national mission by engaging thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation. The organization champion issues that contribute to the strength, resiliency and capacity of the industrial base and are apart of building a vigorous, responsive and collaborative community in support of defense and national security. They also participate in legal and ethical forums that convene for exchange of ideas, information, viewpoints and capabilities.

Dan Rhoades, board member of Georgia NDIA, said the organizations goal now is to develop local committees to discuss what their issues are and then filter ideas and discussions to have a single voice represented nationally.

“Each location will have their own issues,” Rhoades said. “But all may have some in common so therefore we can come together and collaborate. Here in Warner Robins the committee has been established and in the works for almost a month now. So what this does for all locations including Robins is it gives another voice for our defense industries at a national level that they may have not really had before.”

For more information about Georgia NDIA and for future events go online at ndia-ga.org.